Resident Research


In addition to authoring medical journal articles, abstracts, textbook chapters and special reports, in the past year alone Floating Hospital faculty, fellows and residents have been invited to present at more than 180 medical meetings, symposia and grand rounds.

In addition, our faculty members serve as editors, reviewers and editorial board members of many medical publications— extending the reach and visibility of the tremendous expertise that resides here to a truly global medical community.

In addition, our research faculty personally mentor our residents in their scholarly projects and participate in the noon conference series.  The Floating Research Series occurs once a month where faculty and residents present their research so that the community is aware of ongoing projects occurring here.

Pediatric Academic Society Meeting 2014

Floating Hospital Presentations at Pediatric Academic Society - 2014:

  • Grant Writing for Young Investigators: Designing, Funding and Implementing One-Year Research Projects and Having Fun Doing It!
  • The Unwritten Rules of Mentorship
  • Next Generation Sequencing of a Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Candidate Gene Targeted Exome in a Cohort of Premature Infants With BPD
  • The Creation of a Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Dashboard Across a Four Hospital Network: Performance Assessment for Improvement
  • Gene Expression Analysis of Oral Feeding Maturity in the Newborn
  • Work-Life Balance in Pediatrics: Tipping the Scale
  • How Do Latino Families Perceive Autism Diagnosis and Management?: Early Intervention Providers (EIP) Experience
  • Lactation and Breast Feeding Knowledge Gap Identified in Incoming Pediatric Interns and Second Year Residents
  • Addressing Communication Skills in Residency: Does Talking the Talk Mean Walking the Walk?
  • Longterm Safety of Drugs in Infants and Children
  • The Rapid Interactive Test for Autism in Toddlers (RITA-T): A New Level 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Screening Test in Toddlers for Use in Primary Care
  • Breast Milk Carotenoid Concentrations Are Decreased in Obese Mothers
  • ErbB4-TTF-1 Signaling Pathway Is Perturbed in Hyperoxic Lung Injury Leading To BPD
  • Alternative Splicing (AS) of the ErbB4 Receptor Regulates Alveolar Type II (ATII) Cell Fate
  • Top Down Big Science and Investigator-Initiated Small Science: Opportunities, Controversies, and Implications for Pediatric Research
  • Stigma, Ostracism and Bullying: Dangers, Prevention and Intervention
  • Ethical Challenges Conducting Research in Newborns to Better Define Standard of Care: Effects of Maternal Obesity on Breastmilk Composition and Infant Growth
  • Expressed Breast Milk (EBM) Analysis: An Innovative Tool in Optimizing Protein Energy (P/E) Ratio and Avoiding Protein Deficit After Preterm Birth
  • Growth and Early Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants Fed Donor Breast Milk
  • Epigenetic Changes in the Mu Opioid Receptor (OPRM I) and Catechol-o-Methyltransferase (COMT) Genes in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Effects of Breastfeeding on Incidence and Severity of neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • The Combination of Nitric Oxide and Vitamin A Therapy Reverses Adverse Effects of Oxygen on Lung Endothelial Cells, Promoting Microvascular and Airway Development
  • Evolving Models of Co-Located Care Between Pediatricians and Mental Health/Developmental Colleagues
  • Cranial Irradiation Therapy for Pediatric T-Lineage Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  • Variation and Outcomes Associated With Direct Admission Among Children With Pneumonia in the United States
  • The Unwritten Rules of Mentorship: Facilitators of and Barriers To Effective Mentorship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Resident Scholarly Activities

Every pediatric resident at Floating Hospital for Children is required to participate in a scholarly project by the end of their residency training period.  Our hope is that through this project residents participate in the creative process of scientific discovery and exploration. The scholarly activity may include clinical research, basic science research, medical education research, systematic reviews or case reports.  The residents are mentored through the entire process by a faculty member of their choice.  The ultimate goal is for residents to present and disseminate their work at an institutional, local or national level.

Some of our current residents’ scholarly projects include:

  • Gender-atypical preferences and behaviors in the pediatric population: A review
  • Confidence of Pediatricians Regarding Children with Gender Non-conforming Behaviors
  • The role of platelets in recruitment of stem cells to neuroblastoma
  • Cranial Irradiation for Pediatric T-lineage Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Systematic review and Meta-analysis
  • Pediatric Hospitalists’ Perspectives of Residency Work Hour Restrictions: A Qualitative Analysis
  • Pediatric Hospitalist Adherence to the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines
  • Evaluating the Utility of Staffing Pediatric Residents in the TMC Emergency Department Overnight
  • The Face of Child Protection at the Floating Hospital for Children
  • Pediatric Internal Carotid Aneurysm as a Complication of Sphenoid Sinusitis
  • Resident Management of Behavioral and Mental Health Diagnoses in Continuity Clinic
  • Diagnosis of Pediatric Elevated Blood Pressure at the Tufts Medical Center General Pediatrics Clinic: A Retrospective Chart Review

Recent National Presentations from Our Residents

  • Adolescent Pregnancy Screening in a Tertiary Care Children's Hospital (Presented at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting)
  • Migration for the Benefit of the Fetus: Localization of Maspin, an Invasion Regulatory Protein in Preeclamptic and Egg Donor Placentas (Presented at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting and Society for Gynecological Investigation)
  • Bronchiolitis Management in the Inpatient Setting: Are Pediatric Hospitalists Following the AAP Guideline? (Presented at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting and the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research)
  • Changing Demographics of Pediatric Hospitalizations (Presented at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting)
  • Cue Based Feeding: A Look At Attainment Of Full Oral Feeding For The Very Low Birthweight Infant  (Presented at the New England Perinatal Society Meeting)
  • A Quality Improvement Initiative To Increase Nursing Attendance  On Pediatric Hospitalist Family Centered Rounds (Presented at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors National Meeting)